How to Prevent Bruising After Your Botox Procedure

Doctor holding medical injection syringe and stethoscopeWhile not common, bruising could occur after having Botox injections. You could have bruises when the needle ruptures your blood vessel because the blood would have nowhere to go, leaving a purplish or reddish mark (bruise) behind. Your body would eventually reabsorb the blood and your skin would return to its natural color.

The good news is that you could take some steps to reduce your chances of getting a bruise after your Botox procedure. Read on to find out more.

Prior to Your Botox Procedure

  • Stop drinking alcohol at least 24 hours before treatment because alcohol could increase your chances of getting bruised.
  • Avoid taking blood-thinning supplements and medications. Ideally, you should stop taking these a week prior to your procedure and at least a day after. If you have to take a medication for pain, you can take acetaminophen, such as Tylenol. Clarity Skin suggests that you consult your doctor to learn if it’s okay to stop your medications or supplements before your Botox treatment in Salt Lake City.
  • Consider taking arnica, which has been used for centuries to treat swelling and bruising. Start taking Arnica supplements a day before the procedure and for five days after.

During Your Botox Procedure

  • Apply ice to the affected area to numb it and constrict blood vessels that could turn into bruises. Some Botox practitioners also use contact cooling devices during the procedure to minimize pain and reduce the risk of bruising.

After Your Botox Procedure

  • Continue applying ice as needed to ease the pain and lessen the likelihood of bruises forming.
  • Apply arnica cream or gel to the affected sites for seven to 10 days.
  • Refrain from working out for at least two days following your procedure because exercise will increase your blood flow, blood pressure, and heart rate.
  • Put an extra pillow under your head when you sleep or lie down to elevate the affected areas.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes for several days, as these could slow down the healing process.
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While there’s really no foolproof way to prevent bruises after your Botox procedure, following these simple tips would reduce the chances of bruises forming in the treated areas and speed up healing.